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First Mennonite Church and Cemetery

First Mennonite Church and Cemetery

Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. As we continue our exploration of the Heritage Properties scattered throughout Kitchener and Waterloo (particularly around the Downtown and Uptown cores), we find ourselves at a rather significant site today. It’s significant for several reasons, but to highlight one in particular: it’s the oldest entry on our list. Today’s Heritage Property is the First Mennonite Church Cemetery in Kitchener (and the adjacent First Mennonite Church), located at 800 King Street East, near Downtown Kitchener.

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The Erb-Kumpf House

The Erb-Kumpf House

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of the latest WRX Property series – the Heritage Properties of Kitchener-Waterloo! Today, we’ll be covering a rather distinctive residential property in the City of Waterloo. What’s distinctive about it? Well, a few things, each of which will be elaborated upon over the course of this article. But here’s one: it’s probably the oldest house still standing in all of Waterloo.
 
The name of today’s property is the Erb-Kumpf House. It’s located at 172 King Street South, right near the heart of Uptown Waterloo, and not far from Waterloo’s border with Kitchener. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting the interesting detail that this area was where settlement in Waterloo really got started, and today it’s one of the best areas to call home. Some things change, while some remain the same!

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The Grand Market District

The Grand Market District

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. This past week, we’ve been looking at some of the busiest commercial areas in the entire Waterloo Region: from the St. Jacobs Market District in the north to the Sunrise Shopping Centre in the west, with many in between.
 
One of the areas we covered (the area around Fairview Park Mall) actually warrants a second look. Over the next few years, we’ll be witnessing the area as it transforms into something exciting and new: the Grand Market District. Let’s take a look!

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The Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

The Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

Can buildings tell tales? Can tall buildings tell tall tales? Do the walls have eyes? It’s hard to say, but if you’ll allow us, we’d like to take you on a journey back in time, to an earlier part of Kitchener-Waterloo’s history. Perhaps buildings can’t tell their own tales, but that doesn’t mean we can’t.
 
For today’s Heritage Property, we’ll be looking at a very fascinating building indeed: the Waterloo County Gaol. So get comfortable, dim the lights, and prepare yourself for another entry in the Kitchener Heritage Properties Files. Today’s subject is: the Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House.

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Jacob Y. Shantz Residence(s)

Jacob Y. Shantz Residence(s)

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Today, we’ll be flipping through the annals of Kitchener’s history once more. And again, we’ll be in the environs of downtown Kitchener. Somewhat distinctly, today we’ll be looking at not one residential property, but two! If you love history, you’ve got an interest in Kitchener, or you’re filled with joy every time you see a two-for-one deal – then read on!
 

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The Waterloo Central Railway Museum

Waterloo Central Railway Museum

Our latest slew of articles has seen us exploring the lovely little community of St. Jacobs in the Township of Woolwich, visiting everywhere from the one-of-a-kind St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to a fully-functioning Mennonite farm. Today, however, will be our last stop (at least for now) in St. Jacobs. All aboard, we’re heading to the Waterloo Central Railway Museum (imagine a train whistle bellowing and smoke billowing for full atmospheric immersion)!

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The Tilts Farm

The Tilts Farm

Hello, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. The theme for this week is: Heritage Properties! Both Kitchener and Waterloo have their fair share of historic buildings, both commercial and residential. Some of those are hotels, some are homes, and some are farms.

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Best Christmas Locations and Events in Kitchener-Waterloo – WRX Top 5

Best Christmas Locations and Events in Kitchener-Waterloo – WRX Top 5

Greetings, happy holidays, and good cheer to one and all! As the winds of winter begin to gust and bluster, the time has come for us to muster all our stores of merriment and mirth. And in this list, for what it’s worth, we’ll seek out the finest events in all the lands – well, all the lands of Kitchener-Waterloo – and find the ones that sparkle and shine with finest lustre.
 
A list of five fine events will do for now, but keep two things in mind: there are many more things to see and do in this wintery season than those listed here; and if you specifically pursue parades, there is another article just for you. Now, without further ado, let’s start our list and see it through!

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Sims Estate

Sims Estate

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Over the past few days, we’ve been looking at some of the fascinating, historic properties that can be found here in Kitchener-Waterloo. Due in no small part to the fact that, like most cities, both Waterloo and Kitchener’s earliest population centres were the in the Uptown and Downtown areas, most of the properties we’ve discussed have been, well, in the Uptown and Downtown areas.

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Christmas Parades in the Waterloo Region

Christmas Parades in the Waterloo Region

Greetings, dear readers, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog! Today, we will be embarking on an important fact-finding mission, and we’ll be sharing what we find with you. What sorts of facts will we be looking for, you ask? Well, as the article’s name implies, we’ll be looking at Christmas Parades in the Waterloo Region!
 
Let’s kick things off with what may be the tiniest, and arguably most ‘precious’ of all the Waterloo Region Christmas Parades. Belmont Village is a trendy, historic, tight-knit community, located just south of the Kitchener/Waterloo border, northwest of Downtown Kitchener.

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